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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Amberley & Ipswich


To find out about events for ADF families in Amberley and Ipswich, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.

Community groups & centres


Amberley Playgroup

Amberley Defence Families Inc. provide an opportunity for Amberley families to socialise with their children and provide mutual support in a safe, friendly and fun environment.

Families currently meet twice a week on a Wednesday & Friday, 09.30—11:30.

There are also plenty of outdoor play meet-ups organised at local parks so families can also explore the local child friendly facilities. If you are interested in in attending please join us on Facebook.

Where: Minka Place, Main St, Ripley Town Centre, Ripley QLD

Further information: Amberley Defence Families Inc.


Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

Kookaburra Kids Head Office
PO BOX 681 Gymea 2227
(02) 9525 7474

Website: Kookaburra Kids website
Facebook: Kookaburra Kids

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.

More info: DSNSG Amberley

DENNKS - Defence Empty Nesters No Kids

A social group for members Single, MWDU, and have no children, meet once a month at various locations and events around the Ipswich region.

More information: Owen 0425 376 550 | Donna 0413 457 867

New Residents Orientation Tours

Ipswich City Council is conducting free orientation tours for new residents in the City of Ipswich.

Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join us on an orientation tour of Ipswich.

During the bus tour we will point out some of the great attractions and facilities of our City and tell you about  the developments being planned for our rapidly growing population.
Tour times: The tours will depart from the Council car park, 45 Roderick St, Ipswich at 10am and return 12.30pm. Parking is free.
Bookings: bookings for the tours are essential. To make a booking Tel: 07 3281 0555 at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.


Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.

Aircraft noise

Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities


  • Ipswich City Council - Find a whole range of useful information, including the latest Ipswich news, local attractions and services, and community directories.
  • Discover Ipswich - Discover all Ipswich has to offer from art galleries and markets to parks and gardens, as well as a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
  • Ipswich First
  • The Workshops

Defence postings in the Amberley and Ipswich area

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Amberley & Ipswich
 07 5361 1678
 Hudson Road, RAAF Base Amberley QLD 4306

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608